Can I use a skin oil, as a moisturizer, after I apply Retin A gel .025%?

Can I use a skin oil, as a moisturizer, after I apply Retin A gel .025%. I have done it a few times, and it seems like the Retin A balls up and comes off. Is it still on the skin?

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Face Oils with Retin-A

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Some face oils can work quite nicely for moisturizers while using Retin-A. An effective way to make sure the oil absorbs is to pat it into your skin. We have our patients apply their moisturizer before their vitamin a cream. This provides a barrier, and helps avoid irritation. It’s a good idea to check with your physician’s office that prescribed you the vitamin A cream, and make sure they believe the oil is a proper moisturizer. We sell a face oil at our office that works great with vitamin A creams, but not all oils are the same.

Elevase creams with Opti-Ceramides

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We begin all patients on Retin A with a ceramide cream. In particular, we recommend the Elevase Moisture Booster with Opti-Ceramides at least once daily. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Skin Oil or Opti-Ceramide for use with retinoids ? Opti-Ceramides are best

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Thank you for your question as it is a common one, given the widespread prescription of retinoid products to patients. Retinoids are notorious for drying the skin and this seems to limit long-term compliance and patient use. 

Opti-Ceramide creams as Elevase Moisture Booster are excellent in retaining the hydration of the skin and maintaining proper skin hydration when applied with retinoid creams. 

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